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Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo

Temporary Veterinary Technician Hiring List - Veterinary Services

The Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the Brookfield Zoo, is currently soliciting on-line applications from qualified and experienced animal care professionals for placement on a hiring list for temporary positions.   The list will be used to select qualified candidates for temporary full-time veterinary technician positions which arise due to employee absences, leaves, and position vacancies.   These temporary assignments may range from several days or weeks to several months, or more, depending on the particular assignment.   Placement on the temporary veterinary technician hiring list does not guarantee employment.  

We have a strong Veterinary Services team committed to providing high quality care to a world class animal collection that is both large and diverse.  The zoo supports a philosophy of proactive preventative medical care and the highest level of care for ill animals.  Veterinary Services is comprised of an experienced team in a 20,000 square foot hospital facility featuring advanced equipment including an in-hospital CT scanner.  A comprehensive in-house laboratory affords flexibility.  Our experienced technicians provide excellent support and allow for great efficiency as the Veterinary Services team provides compassionate clinical care supporting the larger aims of the institution and working collaboratively with Animal Programs staff.

Temporary veterinary technicians generally must be available to begin within 14 calendar days or less of receiving notice and must be able to work rotating schedules, which includes weekends and holidays.   Graduation from an AVMA accredited school of veterinary technology is required with Illinois Veterinary Technician Certification in the state of Illinois required within 90 days of hire.   Prior experience working with zoo/exotic animals required and/or a minimum of 2 years of experience as a certified veterinary technician working in a small animal/exotic practice.   Technical skills such as proficient restraint and sample collection techniques, with domestic animals required.   A practical understanding of the principles of animal behavior, veterinary medical practices, pharmacology, and principles of anesthesia; good interpersonal, communication and decision making skills, and a valid driver’s license are also required.

Qualified individuals selected for consideration will be placed on the list for a period of up to six (6) months and may be contacted for temporary positions as they become available during that time.   Individuals wishing to be considered for a longer period of time must reapply to be considered.  
Placement on the list will be based on the Society’s assessment of each candidate’s skills, experience, ability, training, availability and other job-related criteria.   Consideration for individual temporary openings will be based on the candidate’s suitability for the specific opening involved.   The current pay rate for the temporary veterinary technician position depends on each individual's experience level.   Fringe benefits include only 401k plan.   Temporary full-time veterinary technicians receive valuable hands-on experience, and they may apply and be considered for openings for regular, full-time positions as they become available.  

All candidates selected for the Temporary Veterinary Technician Hiring List must undergo a complete background and professional reference check, and those who are hired will be required to pass a post-offer physical exam.  

In order to be considered, submit your on-line application for this opportunity and each animal area of interest no later than April 2, 2017. Please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the Temporary Keeper Hiring List opportunities and to apply by submitting your profile.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Women / Veterans / Disabled.

How to Apply

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile. Please visit our website at Please look for requisition 1358BR.

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: 708-688-8400

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